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Digital Radiography


Digital x-rays at Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA Digital radiography involves the use of x-ray sensitive plates that capture images of the mouth and directly sends it to a computer system. This eliminates the need for an x-ray film and darkroom to develop physical x-ray. Radiation exposure through digital radiographs is also significantly less than traditional x-rays.

Common Types of Dental Digital Radiographs


There are two major categories of digital radiographs: intraoral and extraoral.
Intraoral x-rays are the most commonly used radiographs and allow us at Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA to help determine tooth damage or gum disease. Extraoral x-rays are usually taken to evaluate the jaw and bone health and to determine occlusion.
Some of the most common types of radiographs are:
•  Periapical x-rays: Periapical radiography show your full tooth from the top of the crown to the hidden-from-sight root which attaches to the jaw.
•  Bitewing x-rays: Bitewing x-rays show the view of the upper and lower back teeth to assess whether decay is present or if the bite is correct.
•  Panoramic: A digital x-ray that shows a 2D view of the upper and lower jaw from ear to ear to assess the condition of the teeth, jaw, sinuses, nasal area, and the jaw joints. This is usually taken when a patient needs orthodontic surgery or is considering implant surgery.
•  Occlusal: Occlusal radiology offers a view of the floor of the mouth to show the bite of the mouth. These x-rays are used on people who cannot open their mouth wide enough to accommodate a periapical film. This x-ray is used to check the development of baby teeth in children and permanent teeth in adults.

Benefits of Digital Dental Radiography


Here are some of the major benefits of digital radiography as compared to traditional x-rays.
•  Low Radiation: The digital equipment exposes patients to lower levels of radiation. In fact, it is estimated that digital radiograph systems emit 70 to 90 percent less radiation than traditional film-based x-rays. This means the x-rays are safer for pregnant women and children.
•  Enhanced Viewing: Since traditional x-rays can only be viewed on an x-ray film of standard size, it is sometimes difficult to detect small defects in the mouth. Digital radiograph images, however, appear on a computer screen and you can enhance them, adjust their size, and use color contrast to make problem areas more prominent.
•  Shorter Visits: Since digital radiographs immediately transfer the image to a computer screen for viewing, it eliminates the task of you waiting for a physical film to develop.
•  Transferring Records: Digital radiography also offers much convenience in a very affordable way by allowing the transfer of your x-rays through electronic means. We can email you your x-rays, can transfer the images to other dentists, and create dental records online.
•  Eco-Friendly: Digital radiographs eliminate the need for toxic chemicals that are needed to develop physical x-rays. There is also no need for a darkroom or storage space for the x-ray films.

At your next checkup, ask Dr. Jonathan Golab whether you could benefit from digital radiography. To schedule an appointment, call us at (469) 444-7919 today.
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